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Kickstarter Telescope Exceeds Goal
2013-07-02 10:30:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Kickstarter has funded a variety of projects, from smartwatches to feature films, and now the company can add space exploration to its list of top-funded projects. Through the popular crowd-funding site, space prospecting company Planetary Resources was able to raise $1 million to build and launch Arkyd - a publicly accessible orbiting telescope. "We're excited that the first public-use orbiting space telescope, the ARKYD, is a go for...

Hidden Universe Film Premiers IMAX 3D
2013-07-01 12:59:30

[ Watch the Video "Hidden Universe 3D In IMAX ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Filmmakers have developed a 3D production for IMAX theaters displaying some of the greatest high-resolution structures in the universe. Hidden Universe utilizes state-of-the-art telescopes to give the inhabitants of Earth a view of our Universe like it's never before been seen. Only a handful of people are able to peer into some of the greatest telescope facilities in the world, but...

Gas Giant Exoplanets Close To Parent Stars
2013-06-28 09:34:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Results from the Gemini Observatory's recently completed Planet-Finding Campaign, the most extensive direct imaging survey to date, reveal the outlying orbital space around many types of stars is largely devoid of gas-giant planets, which appear to remain close to their parent stars. The findings could have a significant impact on theories of planetary formation. "It seems that gas-giant exoplanets are like clinging offspring,"...

Galactic Raw Material Plays Crucial Role In Star Formation
2013-06-25 08:28:48

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New observation using an Australian telescope has offered up evidence of the raw material that played a part in forming some of the first stars in galaxies when the Universe was just three billion years old. The observations were made using CSIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) near Narrabri, New South Wales. “[This is] one of very few telescopes in the world that can do such difficult work, because it is both...

Black Hole Observed Pushing Matter Away, Rather Than Consuming It
2013-06-20 06:27:46

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Observations of a nearby active galaxy using the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) at ESO´s Paranal Observatory in Chile have shown astronomers something they hadn´t expected to see. Astronomers have found over the past twenty years that nearly all galaxies have a black hole at their center, some of which grow by drawing in matter from their surroundings. This growth process creates some of the most energetic objects...

Light Sunny Super Earth Discovered
2013-06-12 13:29:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the Astrophysical Journal say they have discovered one very light and sunny super-Earth. Dubbed GJ3470b, the team says the planet is about 14 times the mass of our own planet but is the second lightest of the existing exoplanets that have already been surveyed. Their data revealed that this planet is most likely not covered by thick clouds but is a place where sunscreen would be a necessity. GJ3470b orbits its...

Kickstarter Telescope Campaign Expanded By Planetary Resources
2013-06-12 07:53:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Planetary Resources, a company best known for its plans to mine asteroids, is launching an expanded crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter. The company recently announced its plans to have the public's help to fund its ARKYD space telescope. Planetary Resources has since added plans to enhance the telescope technology to enable it to search for alien planets around distant stars. These upgrades would add exoplanet transit detection...

Astronomers Identify New Type Of Variable Star
2013-06-12 05:07:07

[ Watch the Videos: The Star Cluster NGC 3766 | Zooming in on the Star Cluster NGC 3766 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers writing in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics say they have discovered a new type of variable star. The Swiss astronomers discovered the new class of variable stars by measuring minute variations in stellar brightness. The new results are based on regular measurements of the brightness of more than three thousand stars in the...

Black Holes Abundant Early Universe
2013-06-06 14:16:28

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As telescopes peer into the distant background of the Universe they are, in effect, looking back in time. The light emitted from these objects has been traveling across the Universe for perhaps billions of years. So by analyzing the background light of the sky researchers can get a picture of the composition of the Universe early in its evolution. New data from NASA´s Chandra X-ray Observatory and NASA´s...


Latest European Southern Observatory Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Very Large Telescope -- The Very Large Telescope (VLT) consist of four optical telescopes that have 8.4 meter aperture. The VLT is a project of the European Southern Observatory organization. It is located at the Paranal Observatory on Cerro Paranal, a 2,635-m high mountain in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. The VLT consists of a cluster four of large telescopes, and an interferometer (VLTI) which will be used to resolve fine features. The telescopes have been named after the...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Overwhelmingly Large Telescope -- The European Southern Observatory has undertaken a concept study for the next generation of ground-based Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs). Dubbed OWL, ESO's concept is conceived as a 100 m. diameter optical and near-infrared, adaptive telescope. With milliarc second resolution and limiting magnitude V~38, OWL will be capable of imaging solar system objects at resolutions comparable to that offered by space probes, over much longer time scales. It...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

La Silla Observatory -- La Silla is a 2400-m mountain, bordering the southern extremity of the Atacama desert in Chile. It is located about 160 Km north of La Serena. Its geographical coordinates are: Latitude 29 15' south & Longitude 70 44' west. Originally known as Cinchado, the mountain was renamed La Silla (the saddle) after its shape. It rises quite isolated and remote from any artificial light and dust sources (astronomy's worst enemies). La Silla was the first ESO...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

European Southern Observatory -- ESO, the European Southern Observatory, was created in 1962 to: "establish and operate an astronomical observatory in the southern hemisphere, equipped with powerful instruments, with the aim of furthering and organising collaboration in astronomy". ESO is supported by Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Other countries have expressed interest to become a member as well. ESO...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Mount Wilson Observatory -- astronomical observatory located in California on Mt. Wilson, near Pasadena. Mt. Wilson Observatory was founded in 1904 by George E. Hale. Its equipment includes 100-in. (2.5-m) and 60-in. (1.50-m) reflecting telescopes and two solar-tower telescopes 150 ft. (46 m) and 60 ft. (18 m) in length. The most recent addition is the CHARA (Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy) array operated by Georgia State Univ.; it consists of six 39-in. (1-m) aperture...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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